How Driverless Cars Could Change Our Roads Forever

Posted on 29 August 2013 by Tony Santos

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The 2002 film Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg, featured an array of technology that was based on technological developments being made at the time. This was done to provide a realistic interpretation of what the future would look like in 2054. Ten years on, and the future looks like it will happen a little sooner that we expected!

The Government have recently announced that they plan to test driverless car technology on UK roads by the end of the year. This is not the first driverless car to be tested; Google have been working on an automated vehicle that has driven over 300,000 miles without any accidents.

The Technology

We already have elements of driverless technology in most new cars, such as anti–lock breaks and cruise control. Fully automated cars will be an extension of this. Driverless cars are possible through a mix of software and sensors. Features include infrared cameras, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, light detector and ranging, as well as adaptive cruise control.

Making the Roads Safer

The reasons behind these developments revolve around road safety and the environment. According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, there are an estimated 660,000 to 880,000 road casualties in Great Britain each year. 400 people are killed in crashes each year, 280 of which are connected to drink driving.

Driverless cars will dramatically reduce the amount of accidents on roads. Cars will be programmed to follow local traffic laws, as well as having inbuilt GPS, which will increase efficiency as well as safety during travel. Moreover, features such as cruise control will create seamless driving that will reduce traffic. There will be no more stopping and starting caused by slip roads, and congestion will be a thing of the past.

Who Will Benefit Most?

Personal travel will be revolutionised by automated driving. This technology will make travel more accessible for the elderly and disabled. This will also benefit single parents with small children. Issues can arise during long journeys where children require attention and entertainment. Now parents can spend the time it takes to travel with their family.

Imagine the commute to and from work, when you can prepare for a meeting on the way there, and relax on the way home before you even get home. Being able to travel in this fashion, rather than having to rely on crowded and unpredictable public, will allow commuters to utilise travel time to their advantage.

Advances in transportation technology can increase safety, and help save the environment through the reduction, and one-day eradication, of carbon emissions.

About the author: Steve Blasky blogs for Dronsfields – the best place to find spare Mercedes parts online. Steve is a massive sci-fi fan, and an avid follower of developments in motoring technology.

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